By: Taylor Coleman

I was ashamed of my mental illness for a long time. I used to think that clinical depression could be cured with knowledge: keeping my nose in the books and distracting myself with random research. Recently, I have come to the understanding that depression was hindering my work.

My depression manifests when I feel myself losing control; the medical term for it is obsessive compulsive disorder.

Now that I am taking medicine and in constant communication with my doctors about my treatment plan, my poems reflect that true love that I feel about myself.

I am a child of God, and I am proud to be Taylor-Luise Rimmo Coleman.

Be sure to visit her hashtag as well as her Instagram for more of her poetry as she too strikes out her stigma.


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